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Crystal Reports Web application

Hi, I have had a requirement for us to display crystal reports in our web page. These crystal reports are written in there own builders by the customer themselves and can be different user to user. They want to integrate with our web pages which are dynamic and customizable but i wanted some advice as to how this has been done before. i have found lots of material about building crystal reports in vis studio but thats not what they want to do. They want to build there own. upload the rpt to a table and run the report from a webpage without the need for credentials etc. can anyone point me in the right direction?

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    May 24, 2017 at 07:45 PM

    Is the data local to the customer or is it stored on your network? Is the application running local to the customer or are you providing it as SaaS?

    As long as the web server and the data are on the same network, you could have a page where they would upload the report and then display it in the .net or java web viewer.

    The challenge is going to be setting the credentials. Crystal does NOT save the database password as part of the report so you would have to know from in your application how to set the credentials for the report.

    -Dell

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    May 27, 2017 at 08:08 PM

    can you point me to any documented examples or wher to start

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  • May 28, 2017 at 01:26 PM

    Do they need to:
    a) interactively change parameters when launching reports via a browser?
    - or -
    b) use a browser to access reports' output that is refreshed at desired frequency (plus the ability to drill-down to details and/or filter data)?

    The 2nd option is simpler & inexpensive.

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    May 29, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Hi Peter,

    Instead of running the actual rpt file, why not consider exporting the report to HTML/PDF etc automatically (hourly/daily/weekly etc) and uploading these files to your web server (can also be done automatically). This could be done with many Crystal Reports tools and I personally recommend Visual Cut from Millet software since it has so much extra functionality and great support.

    I have taken this step one level further and written the HTML code in Crystal Reports so when I export my reports as text files (.html extension) I can have additional functionality in my HTML such as interactive charts, grids with filters, drill-down etc.

    Recrystallize.com also offers a web viewer if you are sure you want to run .rpt files in the browser.

    There are many possibilities with Crystal reports and the web!

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